ARDIZZONE, Edward (illustrator). Christianna BRAND (author). Nurse Matilda.

Leicester; Brockhampton Press. 1964.

£148

Small 8vo. Original forest green boards elaborately and pictorially blocked in gilt to spine and upper cover, red top edges, endpapers and ribbon marker, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [iv], 5-127 + [i]; with line drawings throughout in profusion by Ardizzone; a very fresh, and very nearly fine, copy, without inscription, protected by a similarly near fine, unclipped dustwrapper (12/6) with only a touch of light edge rubbing; increasingly scarce.

First edition. The first of the three Nurse Matilda titles by Ardizzone's cousin, Christianna Brand. The stories in the trilogy are the basis for the Hollywood film Nanny McPhee (2005).

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